Sunday, 23 November 2014

Blogging Break

Hi Lovelies

You may have noticed it's been a bit quiet here at Twentea Something. I said at the start of November that I would be posting every day.. and then it got to day three and I realised I just wasn't feeling motivated, you know?

So I figured I'd just wait until I did feel motivated.. and it just didn't! So I apologise for it being a bit quiet here, I expect things are going to perk up soon! Have you ever had a bloggers writers block?

I just decided, as time went on that there wasn't any point in pushing it because I knew that would reflect in my writing- that it would come across as forced and not passionate and I only ever want to write if I'm passionate and because I love my blog, which I do!

In the meantime, I've been enjoying keeping my laptop off after work, reading a few blogs and drafting a few post ideas in my head which haven't paid it to "paper" yet. So, it's not really a break.. it's just a... quiet spell!

So, anyway.. this is a quick "sorry, not sorry" for the general quietness around here and a promise that as soon as I'm back, you'll know about it!

Now tell me... what's up with you?



Monday, 3 November 2014

This Weekend we Went To... Mockingbird Taproom

I have three words for you: Bloody Mary Buffet!! 
and one more word: Brunch!

I'm a sucker for a new place opening up in town so was pretty excited to try out Mockingbird Taproom which opened in Chester three weeks ago. I've already been super impressed with their facebook presence which is how I found out about them in the first place. Plus I love brunch!

So we headed down on Saturday to check it out. Apparently, it used to be the Fat Cat (for those who know Chester) and is off the main stretch of town on Linnenhall Lane. 

Overall, the experience was really good.

The Bloody Mary Buffet is definitely the unique selling point of the venue (available Saturdays and Sundays) but there's also a lot going on in terms of food, entertainment and drinks. 

We both made up our own Bloody Mary's. Mine: double vodka, tomato juice, chilli sauce, ice, and a celery stick, herbs & pickled onion garnish.
Andy: Quad spice rum (he didn't taste the first double because he didn't stir!!), tomato juice, tobasco sauce, ice. What is your best Bloody Mary recipe? 

Mocking Bird Taproom

Mockingbird Taptroom


I quickly realised I didn't actually like tomato juice which isn't a huge surprise because I hate tomatos. But the experience was fun! I think someone should open a daiquiri buffet or something! 

We also ordered food- the feel of Mockingbird Taproom is meant to be "Pan-Gulf" so Southern America/Mexico and I could definitely see some deep south influences (I was going to be difficult to impress after my Kentuckian adventure!). I ordered biscuits, mushrooms & spinach- which comes with a poached egg & hollondaise (my favourite) and Andy ordered the Full Gulf Breakfast. Actually getting the food took a while, especially given that it was relatively quiet. But I can always excuse a new place for a few teething problems.

Plus, I was kept entertained by this slightly awkward twitter exchange! 



The food, though! Mannnn I have missed biscuits! My brunch was so yummy and filling! Andy loved his Full Gulf Breakfast- in fact, I think he wanted to take my ring and propose to the sausages- honestly, he was too full to finish them (perils of saving the best until last) but he said they were the best sausages he'd ever had! 


Pan-Gulf

Brunch


The service was attentive throughout although I felt a bit sorry for the poor girl serving us she seemed a bit nervous! The atmosphere was lovely and the lunch and dinner menus both look amazing. I also want to visit for their champagne table and soul nights! 

Definitely worth a visit and I'm always super impressed by any company who is active on social media!

What did you get up to this weekend? 

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Degustabox*- September Box

Hello Lovelies

Day 2 of #BEDN and this is a post I meant to post ages ago but then I got lazy.. sorry!

So for the second month I got a Degustabox.. a surprise box of food sent straight to your door (or work in my case- my colleagues were ridiculously excited!)

So what did I get and what did I think?




Burt's Lentil Waves- Soooo good!! I thought these would be weird but they tasted amazing and were ridiculous moreish. They also had on the packet who made them, nice touch!



Jordan's Simply Granola- Amazing! I've been having this each morning with banana, greek yoghurt & sunflower seeds. I'd definitely buy this again. 



Pick up! Milk Chocolate & Pick up! Black N White- These were a massive hit at work. I love white chocolate so the Black N White which was milk chocolate biscuit with a white chocolate filling. Yummy.

Crabbies - I love Crabbies. The card which came within the box said that these particular bottles contained no ginger but I definitely had a raspberry and ginger. Which I don't mind.. it was good!

Carnation Cook with it! Milk - This is not something I'd buy myself but it was great for this Chicken curry recipe instead of yoghurt! 

Elizabeth Shaw mint thins- Again, a hugeeee hit in the office. Like mini, crunchy topped after eight mints. Would make excellent presents at Christmas!

La Vieja Fabrica Marmalade - I don't actually like marmalade.. but Andy's mum said she would be most likely to buy this particular brand because it doesn't contain any nasty extras! Excellent!

Little Miracles organic tea & fruit juice- I've been buying the cherry and green tea juice before I got this box and so was super excited that they were in the box! Yummy and healthy! 

 I've read a few other blog reviews and they also got salad dressings which I'm kind of gutted I didn't get because.. I'm eating salads most days and I love trying new dressings! 

Have you tried Degustabox?

Want to give it a go? Enter: WMCMV when registering for a £3.00 discount.  

*Products marked with an asterix have been kindly sent to be for review- but I will never review anything which I don't think is relevant to my blog and I will always be 100% honest. 

Saturday, 1 November 2014

November Goals

Fireworks


Hello lovelies

Blogger cliche of the week: how is it November already?? 

So, how was your October? Did you achieve everything you wanted to? Here's how I did:

Make October the BEST Month yet- Attend all personal training sessions (for me these are check in phone calls)
- Exercise five time a week
- Give up alcohol for the month
-Make healthy changes to diet/follow a healthy food plan (Becky is working on mine)
-Attend our workshop next week/watch the videos online  

I actually didn't achieve this hardly at all! I started off strong and then I went away for the weekend and wine was drunk and food was constantly offered and I wasn't near the gym so I definitely lost my motivation. I'm definitely wanting to get back on this during November. 

Sort my sock drawer out

Hahahaaa! I DID manage this.. Andy is really grateful!! We actually bought a flat last week and we move in in January so a lot more sorting needs to happen before then!

Actually organise those "we have to do something soon moments" 

Yes!! I met up with a friend who's recently come back to Chester and we hadn't seen each other for about 18 months and another friend who I haven't seen at all this year which is good going hey? I've actually had quite a social month which I've loved!

Buy at least half of my Christmas presents 

I think I'm nearly halfway there!! Money seemed to be tighter this month but I managed to get a few of the bigger ones ticked off and I have pretty good ideas for what else I need to get. I'm hoping to be done by December 1st! Is it too early for Christmas gift guide posts??

Plan an Autumnal date 

Ohhhh. How did I forget about this? I definitely want to get this ticked off in November.. that's still Autumnal right?

So.. apart from basically needing to do some of the things on the above list again!! What else have I got planned for November?

1. Lose a stone - I think if I'm really disciplined this will be possible and then I'll be nearly at my target weight. It's not just that though.. I want to be toned and fitted and just happier. I'm a bit gutted I'm not quite at this point for my graduation on Thursday! 

2. Blog every day- Remember last year when I did #BEDN? Yeaaaa I've decided I'm going to do that again! It's not an officially organised one but I'm hoping I can manage it.. until today I've not blogged for over ten days so it's definitely going to mean some focusing! 

3. Book a wedding venue -  we're hoping to visit venues at the end of the month so hopefully by the start of December we'll have a venue and a date. Eeeeeek. 

4. Finish two books- I'm currently reading Blog Inc. for Smart twenties book club & I'm also reading "Build a Business from your Kitchen table" by Sophie Cornish & Holly Tucker. I'm loving them both and learning a lot. 

What about you? What have you got planned for November? 
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